I feel pretty confident as a lyricist and somewhat decent at creating melodies. I only recently started serious efforts at recording original material. I've decided the Songwriting is the easy part. The hard part is taking a good basic song and turning it into an actual great or even just good recording. I find this is true even for some originals I've played out at gigs for a few years in acoustic bands. Turning them into actual arranged rock and roll or americana songs is the tricky part. I'm really not even talking about the sound production so much as the molding and shaping of a song to have a good intro, turnarounds, bridges, which progression makes the best solo section, outro, when and how to modulate, etc., etc.